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Postcards from Gravelly Beach



"Postcards from Gravelly Beach" podcast features Dave O reading original works plus from selected literary stalwarts - from Russians to beats - along with smatterings from original works, backed by an eclectic assortment of music.Spoken word literature fr



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Remembrance Day with Vasco’s Bones – Postcard #63

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 19:11:33 +0000

From an olden church and (otherwise vacant) cenotaph at Fort Cochin, Kerala, India, Dave O – acknowledging an extended medical and death related hiatus – discusses the local history of colonization by Portuguese explorers, Dutch traders, then British Raj in the context of the colonization leading to exploitation, conscription and war with no meaning to … Continue reading Remembrance Day with Vasco’s Bones – Postcard #63 (image)


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Poetic Stories about Goalies – Postcard #62

Thu, 10 Jun 2010 09:48:51 +0000

Poet Randall Maggs discusses his book “Night Work” about the troubled soul of legendary hockey goalie Terry Sawchuk plus the nuances of story-telling, conversations with goaltenders, Sawchuk’s Ukrainian heritage and convergence of history and hockey with host Dave Thorvald Olson at the Robson Square covered outdoor rink in Vancouver following a poetry reading promoted by … Continue reading Poetic Stories about Goalies – Postcard #62 (image)


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Vimy Ridge Diaries on Remembrance Day – Postcard # 61

Thu, 26 Nov 2009 06:16:49 +0000

On Remembrance Day in sunny, brisk Vancouver, Ian Bell (fresh from a CBC appearance “On The Coast“) joins Dave to read from Grandpa Mark’s diaries written in the trenches in WW1 as a young Canadian. From the library steps with a flask of scotch, they reflect on the costs and motivations of war, importance of … Continue reading Vimy Ridge Diaries on Remembrance Day – Postcard # 61 (image)


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Forests and Oceans Without End – Postcard # 60

Sat, 18 Jul 2009 13:56:01 +0000

From a forested pathway along the open Pacific between Tofino and Ucluelet, DaveO reads poetry from Gary Snyder’s Myths + Texts and Rip Rap plus essays about Wobblies, timber-jacks, logging camp culture, and giant trees from Beloved of the Sky then the words Siddhartha the Buddha spoke upon achieving enlightenment. Strap on your boots for … Continue reading Forests and Oceans Without End – Postcard # 60 (image)


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Owl Creek Limnology and Exploration – Postcard # 59

Sat, 04 Apr 2009 15:47:54 +0000

Dave O spiels forth about the exploration of rivers and lakes, the impetus for ventures and motivations for trade ~ augmented by autoharp songs by Larry Harper dreaming of floating the Colorado River down Glen Canyon ~ then freeverse – mostly from stumbling around Europa in 1992 – thinking about connectedness, lifespans of mysteries and … Continue reading Owl Creek Limnology and Exploration – Postcard # 59 (image)


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Three Days and Eleven Dollars, Nov. 1991 – Postcard #58

Sun, 01 Mar 2009 14:30:45 +0000

By a campfire on Owl Creek, Dave reads an instructional guide to hitch-hiking about a November trip from South Carolina to Rhode Island with a series of tips including smiling, signs, watches, and going with the flow while Dan Funboy noodles on guitar. Stick your thumb out for Three Days and Eleven Dollars, Nov. 1991 … Continue reading Three Days and Eleven Dollars, Nov. 1991 – Postcard #58 (image)


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Arizona with Ole Gramps – Postcard #57

Fri, 27 Feb 2009 18:47:20 +0000

While summertime camping alongside Owl Creek and charging the recorder with the rays of the sun, Dave reads a short story written while on the road with ole dead Grandpa called So the Legends Go (.pdf) – a portrait of life one morning in Navajo Nation in 1987 – accompanied by adolescent observations and musings. … Continue reading Arizona with Ole Gramps – Postcard #57 (image)


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Hitch a Thousand Miles to See a Friend – Postcard #56

Sun, 15 Feb 2009 02:05:25 +0000

From Halfmoon Bay on Vancouver Island, Dave gives it up for zen poet hero Gary Snyder and recounts beat history from The Old Ways and logging culture from Myths and Texts plus poems about hitchhiking, girls, baths, clearcuts and the Buddha plus original freeverse poetry.(image)


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Chronicling Interesting Boulders – Postcard #55

Thu, 28 Aug 2008 04:50:35 +0000

Alongside raging Lynn Creek, Dave remarks about boulders which are indeed interesting as the sign pointed out, then reads a haibun about books and statues on a curly maple shelf, and poems about buying hardware and fruit in Bucerias, mysterious curves and clouds, and solace for weary delirious travelers, while Wm. Lenker sings the traditional … Continue reading Chronicling Interesting Boulders – Postcard #55 (image)


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Post-apocalyptic Skunks and Fevers – Postcard #54

Fri, 25 Jul 2008 02:48:48 +0000

From a skunk-scented perch along Mosquito Creek, Dave spiels about feverish dreams in a Mexican clinic, personal archeology, mirages about the Wonder Hotel, and reads verse about late trains, dammed rivers, watching ships, and men in white coats walking past. Take your vitamins for Post-apocalyptic Skunks and Fevers – Postcard #54 (.mp3, 16:35, 15MB) Read … Continue reading Post-apocalyptic Skunks and Fevers – Postcard #54 (image)


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Howling at Land and Sea – Postcards #53

Mon, 21 Jul 2008 10:22:40 +0000

Visiting the Woodshop on Steamboat Island amidst hayfever and national holidays, Dave and Wm. Lenker exchange spontaneous musical freeverse tales of Pennsylvania, Agana Harbour (Guam), Jericho Beach (Vancouver), and Lake Crescent (Washington) while wounded Samson howls along. Weigh anchor for Howling at Land and Sea – Postcard #53 (.mp3, 17:51, 16MB) Photo by DaveO on … Continue reading Howling at Land and Sea – Postcards #53 (image)


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Skyscraper Stories about Oceans and Forests – Postcard #52

Thu, 31 Jan 2008 05:56:43 +0000

From a Lougheed skyscraper comes an improvisational reading with guitars – first more ocean-inspired works from Tristan Corbière, Victor Hugo and Dave Olson into a freeform spoken word account of trip down the Pacific Coast highway to a haunted roadhouse with sequoias growing an inch a day. Cheers to Bread and Av (aka Delfar 7) … Continue reading Skyscraper Stories about Oceans and Forests – Postcard #52 (image)


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Banjo Sea Shanties and Beat Train Rambles – Postcard #51

Sat, 12 Jan 2008 07:15:32 +0000

Starting at the Steamboat Island Woodshed, Dave rambles salty original freeverse with Wm. Lenker on banjo and traces personal poetic lineage winding through French impressionalist/symbolist and Brittany sea-coaster Tristan Corbière (prefaced by Victor Hugo). Then – as sleet, slush and hail beats down on the Mosquito Creek studio skylight – rolls into the beat American … Continue reading Banjo Sea Shanties and Beat Train Rambles – Postcard #51 (image)


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Poetic Ghosts of New Years Past – Postcard #50

Thu, 03 Jan 2008 07:46:47 +0000

An aural montage of past new years’ evenings featuring Dave O reading from Jack London’s “To Build a Fire” next to crackling cabin woodstove on Pender Island (note scratching dog and someone with a stuffy nose), followed by a latenight freeverse message to Napoleon, a languid tale recorded in a garage about a bewildering New … Continue reading Poetic Ghosts of New Years Past – Postcard #50 (image)


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Meandering Past Monuments of Remembrance – Postcards #49

Fri, 09 Nov 2007 16:06:03 +0000

Wrapping up the White Poppies for Remembrance series with a narrative late-night wander through Westminster, London, DaveO meanders past military monuments, victory squares, cenotaphs, palaces, royal parks, war museum, war chambers, riot fences, war protesters, churches, parliament and finishing at St. James park for a sitdown under a weeping willow to consider monarchy, individual rights … Continue reading Meandering Past Monuments of Remembrance – Postcards #49 (image)


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Peace to Soldiers and Strangers – Postcard #48

Wed, 24 Oct 2007 00:37:08 +0000

Back home on the North Vancouver porch, Dave reads from Clay Mcleod’s essay Why I Don’t Wear a Poppy while sending peace and resistance towards the decent lieutenant Magnum in Iraq and the Philippines along with earnest comrades at arms and peaceful strangers in war torn lands. Plus he admonishes the Canadian Legion for blocking … Continue reading Peace to Soldiers and Strangers – Postcard #48 (image)


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Waiting (and Resisting) in Baghdad – Postcard #47

Thu, 16 Aug 2007 06:25:16 +0000

A story about Iraqi resistance fighters and their personal motivations by a young writer called Waiting in Baghdad is the crux of the next White Poppies for Remembrance episode – read from the homeporch with a Welsh mining lantern and firetrucks rolling past. Written by Chris K, a player on a dave-coached in-line hockey team … Continue reading Waiting (and Resisting) in Baghdad – Postcard #47 (image)


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(Meta)Physical Conditions of the Environment – Postcard #46

Thu, 05 Jul 2007 04:51:59 +0000

Taking a Remembrance Day respite to enjoy a conscious discussion with ‘Trigger’ at Vancouver’s New Amsterdam Cafe, Dave O listens to the consequences and conditions of space, in tangible and gestalt senses, and reviews the paradigm shifts of Vancouver’s downtown Eastside ‘four corners’ – once one of the grandest intersections in the British Empire. Later, … Continue reading (Meta)Physical Conditions of the Environment – Postcard #46 (image)


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Awakening to the Dawn of Potential – Postcard #45

Tue, 22 May 2007 13:04:13 +0000

Part 6 of the “White Poppies for Remembrance” series considers the opportunity cost of the lost human potential while at the Victory cenotaph in downtown Vancouver – along the way, troubadours sing about Providence, Joyful(ness) along with spontaneous percussion-scapes and city bus brakes. DaveO examines the value of life with Gord Downie‘s swift deconstructions of … Continue reading Awakening to the Dawn of Potential – Postcard #45 (image)


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Righteous Declarations for Humans – Postcard #44

Sun, 13 May 2007 21:58:57 +0000

Part 5 of the White Poppies for Remembrance series continues with Dave at Victory Park, this time reading the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (adopted by General Assembly Dec. 10th 1948) with riffs on tolerance, human relations, common understanding and mutual respect, including a healthy sampling of articles on brotherhood, privacy, special treatment … Continue reading Righteous Declarations for Humans – Postcard #44 (image)


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Pondering Flanders at the Cenotaph – Postcard#43

Fri, 27 Apr 2007 17:21:41 +0000

Finding Victory Park cenotaph in post-ceremony calm, Dave settles onto a bench for lost sailors with some bagpipers to chat about John Macrae’s “Flander’s Field” poem and mull the tension between remembering noble effort and embracing jingoistic behaviour. This conundrum is evident in snippets of an essay by Stephen Osborne – The Poem and the … Continue reading Pondering Flanders at the Cenotaph – Postcard#43 (image)


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Buddhas in the Trenches – Postcard #42

Mon, 23 Apr 2007 05:09:35 +0000

Part Three of the White Poppies for Remembrance series (recorded Nov. 2006) features reading from the Dhammapada by Siddhartha Gautama while waiting for the Seabus heading towards Victory Park. Along the way, Dave talks about conscientious objection and military service evaders in Canada, mercy and the state of the downtown eastside. Wander along for Buddhas … Continue reading Buddhas in the Trenches – Postcard #42 (image)


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White Poppies on a Rainyday Coat – Postcard #41

Sun, 15 Apr 2007 04:19:53 +0000

Part Two of the White Poppies for Remembrance series finds Dave O eating oatmeal in North Van before heading downtown Vancouver to check in on Remembrance Day remembering activities. While having a bite to eat, he explains the mission of the White Poppies for Peace (a Peace Pledge Union project) folks based in the UK … Continue reading White Poppies on a Rainyday Coat – Postcard #41 (image)


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Geological Storytime with Sheep – Postcard #40

Fri, 13 Apr 2007 22:27:16 +0000

Down on Lenker’s farm, Dave O checks in on the animal inventory and riffs his own freeverse poetry on canyon exploration, a groaning generation and tense search for authenticity and truth re-mixed with Bill’s Pennsylvanian poetics about frost heaves and nurturing life accompanied with his salty guitar jamble. Then, in the woodshed, Dave tells a … Continue reading Geological Storytime with Sheep – Postcard #40 (image)


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Vanquishing Grecian Warlords – Postcard #39

Wed, 14 Mar 2007 05:43:17 +0000

Embarking on a White Poppies for Remembrance Day series, Dave reads the role of King Agamemnon from the Oresteia by Aeschylus written in the 6th century BC. The King returns to Argos by chariot with a captured royal concubine in tow and tales of plunder and pillage after defeating Troy and is met by his … Continue reading Vanquishing Grecian Warlords – Postcard #39 (image)


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Improvising Over Hedges – Postcards #38

Mon, 12 Mar 2007 07:03:32 +0000

Busting out a bit of original (un)sung freeverse with a new mic plus guitar-toting amigo Bread, a shaker egg and a stack of freeverse fortified with improvisational bits about the mortar holding the middle of bricks, leaping over hedges, waiting for airplanes and diesels downshifting and being … so tired but sometimes so inspired bewildered … Continue reading Improvising Over Hedges – Postcards #38 (image)


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San Francisco Mission Stroll with Jack – Postcard #37

Mon, 01 Jan 2007 17:08:18 +0000

Continuing on with Kerouac’s San Francisco Blues, DaveO strolls down The Mission reading Jack’s choruses written on the same street in 1954 while observing butter trucks, museums and tolling bells and listening to Clayton the Seabus busker sing about going home. Listen to San Francisco Mission Stroll with Jack (.mp3, 11:32, 13MB) Subscribe to Feed … Continue reading San Francisco Mission Stroll with Jack – Postcard #37 (image)


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Kerouac Choruses at Third and Harrison – Postcard #36

Wed, 06 Dec 2006 08:14:16 +0000

In San Francisco on an early morning stroll with a French curled tie, Dave O performs contemporary reconnaissance of an intersection described by Jack Kerouac in San Francisco Blues and discusses Kerouac’s motivations and system for creating these Blues poems. Geographically speaking, the additional observations include bridge commuters, urine puddles, hot dog and motorcycle tire … Continue reading Kerouac Choruses at Third and Harrison – Postcard #36 (image)


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Sea Rescue Spontineity from the Woodshop – Postcard #35

Sun, 22 Oct 2006 05:41:39 +0000

Along with Mr. Lenker of Steamboat Island and his guitar, large hounds and varied livestock, Dave reads poems Refined, Not Created and Aye Carpathia, while Bill sings about the Man with a Rebel Soul – followed by Dave reading This and That with guitar improvisation from deep in the woodshop studio. Listen to “Sea Rescue … Continue reading Sea Rescue Spontineity from the Woodshop – Postcard #35 (image)


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Lanterns for Welsh Miners – Postcard #34

Tue, 17 Oct 2006 00:43:57 +0000

Dave reads a smattering from Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac and original verse written in Germany in 1992. Joined by Trauben the hitchhiking acupuncturist (who toils to understand a Welsh miner’s lantern), the lads chat about flowing chi, Cascade mountain lookouts (NY Times article) the author as a young writer and attempt to communicate with racoons … Continue reading Lanterns for Welsh Miners – Postcard #34 (image)


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Tea with Chinese Masters – Postcard #33

Sat, 16 Sep 2006 00:15:05 +0000

DaveO checks in with the words of Chinese literature aficionado Lu Ji with his notes on the writer’s craft after a recent batch of related inspiring events including a Dalai Lama (photos by Scales) visit, Chinese medicinal tea from Dr. Wu and the works of Gary Snyder, then ends with a track called Helicopters by … Continue reading Tea with Chinese Masters – Postcard #33 (image)


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Baudelaire Considers Ships, Youth and Beauty – Postcard #32

Wed, 19 Jul 2006 16:12:00 +0000

Continuing from the corner garden in the unnamed park, Dave reads from French symbolist (and hopeless romantic) Charles Baudelaire who continues with Joseph Conrad themes of ships, youth and beauty with a piece called “The Beautiful Ship” before gracefully giving way to a song by the Black Tories. Listen to “Baudelaire Considers Ships, Youth & … Continue reading Baudelaire Considers Ships, Youth and Beauty – Postcard #32 (image)


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Conrad’s Youthful Adventures from an Unnamed Park – Postcard #31

Wed, 19 Jul 2006 15:40:00 +0000

DaveO reads from Joseph Conrad’s “Youth: A Narrative” from the community garden in the park with no name near Cambie-land, Vancouver and meanders on about riding trains, steamer ships, expansive seas and ertswhile adventures while immersed in foreign culture and ends with a bit of a seascape tune from an original piece called “The Ferry … Continue reading Conrad’s Youthful Adventures from an Unnamed Park – Postcard #31 (image)


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Kerouac’s San Francisco in Dave’s Vancouver – Postcard #30

Sat, 03 Jun 2006 15:11:00 +0000

On a North Van hillside, DaveO reads a few choruses from Jack Kerouac’s “San Francisco Blues” and talks about “Ti Jean’s” writing life, including his dexterous style and notable substance – plus expresses affection for Vancouver and the joys of rediscovery. > Listen to Postcards from Gravelly Beach podcast #30 (.m4a, 10:12) > Subscribe to … Continue reading Kerouac’s San Francisco in Dave’s Vancouver – Postcard #30 (image)


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Rilke’s Letters at a Breezy Island Market – Postcard #29

Sat, 03 Jun 2006 14:52:00 +0000

At Granville Island Market on a breezy spring day, DaveO talks about another influential writer, Czech/German/French writer Rainer Maria Rilke and reads Letter # 10 from “Letters to a Young Poet,” plus offers discourse about the writing life, dealing with creative conditions and personal honesty – plus chats about the charming Market on Vancouver’s False … Continue reading Rilke’s Letters at a Breezy Island Market – Postcard #29 (image)


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Whitman on the Windy Columbia – Postcard #28

Mon, 29 May 2006 16:20:00 +0000

Enhanced and stirring, this poetry postcard was recorded for Grandpa, Robert Louis Stevenson (RIP) on the windy banks of the Columbia River and features Walt Whitman’s “To You” read by DaveO sitting under a weeping sage tree with toiling barges, endless trains and snowy Mt. Hood in the distance. Postcard from Gravelly Beach #28 (4:27, … Continue reading Whitman on the Windy Columbia – Postcard #28 (image)


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Red-headed Girl in San Francisco from Shelter Cove – Postcard #27

Tue, 07 Mar 2006 19:24:00 +0000

First sampling (albeit rather raw) from the Shelter Crescent session featuring Brad Rees playing electric guitar while I talk and yodel my way around some free-verse – seems to be thinking about waiting for a red-headed girl in San Francisco while drinking. Download Postcards from Gravelly Beach #27 (10:31, .mp3) Subscribe to Feed Subscribe in … Continue reading Red-headed Girl in San Francisco from Shelter Cove – Postcard #27 (image)


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Henry in Galacia from the Woodshed – Postcard #26

Sun, 05 Feb 2006 16:20:00 +0000

This sixth (and possibly final) installment of the Woodshed Session again features Bill Lenker’s guitar stylings and singing, and me comtemplating the edge of the Earth with Henry the Navigator. Download Postcards from Gravelly Beach #26 Subscribe to Feed Subscribe in iTunes Consider Perusing: Cascadia Starlight – Woodshed Session 1 – Postcard #21 Thoughts on … Continue reading Henry in Galacia from the Woodshed – Postcard #26 (image)


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Curiousity in Rainstorms from the Woodshed – Postcard #25

Sat, 04 Feb 2006 16:20:00 +0000

Woodshed session extract number 5 choogles along with a free verse extravaganza with Bill Lenker playing on the guitar and singing inbetwixt as I spiel forth words, memories, ideas and rhyhmes – topics include George Washington bridge, Providence, postcards to friends, and going nowhere. Download Postcards from Gravelly Beach #25 Subscribe to Feed Subscribe in … Continue reading Curiousity in Rainstorms from the Woodshed – Postcard #25 (image)


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Belize and Bookshelf Observations at the Woodshed – Postcard #24

Sat, 04 Feb 2006 00:55:00 +0000

Another Woodshed session, … Bill Lenker on guitar and singing, and me (DaveO) busting some narrative about items on a bookshelf and reminscing about Caye Caulker, Belize. Download Postcards from Gravelly Beach #24 (7:22, .mp3) Subscribe to Feed Subscribe in iTunes Consider Perusing: Henry in Galacia from the Woodshed – Postcard #26 Thoughts on Vancouver … Continue reading Belize and Bookshelf Observations at the Woodshed – Postcard #24 (image)


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Temporary Lighthouses from the Woodshed – Postcard #23

Fri, 03 Feb 2006 23:43:00 +0000

Rolling along with the Woodshed Sessions, here’s number 3 … again Bill Lenker’s guitar and songwriting/singing skills along with my free verse and lyrical snippets – this time about lighthouses, aspen trees and an insinuated scandalous incident. Download Postcards from Gravelly Beach #23 (7:50, .mp3) Subscribe to Feed Subscribe in iTunes Consider Perusing: Thoughts on … Continue reading Temporary Lighthouses from the Woodshed – Postcard #23 (image)


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Thoughts on Vancouver Cobblestones from the Woodshed – Postcard #22

Fri, 03 Feb 2006 23:40:00 +0000

Part two of the Woodshed Session again features Bill Lenker on guitar and DaveO with free verse and lyrical snippets. This time, observations from a rainy night in Vancouver is the tangible topic – the intanglibles are for you to determine. Download Postcards from Gravelly Beach #22 (4:34, .mp3) Subscribe to Feed Subscribe in iTunes … Continue reading Thoughts on Vancouver Cobblestones from the Woodshed – Postcard #22 (image)


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Cascadia Starlight – Woodshed Session 1 – Postcard #21

Fri, 03 Feb 2006 23:05:00 +0000

At last a Postcard, … this one (and the next few) from a woodshed session with Bill Lenker’s guitar and vocals (see Postcard #13) dove-tailing with my orginal free verse and lyrical works – fortified with spontaneous wordification. First up in this series combines Bill’s song with me adding verses about riding trains through Cascadia. … Continue reading Cascadia Starlight – Woodshed Session 1 – Postcard #21 (image)


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Short Fiction, Coincidentally about Drinking – Postcard #20

Tue, 27 Dec 2005 16:20:19 +0000

Out on a nighttime walk, Dave sits in the frosty grass under a tree, by a pond, with a Guiness and reads ‘post-modern’ stories by Murakami Haruki, Raymond Carver, Kelsye Nelson and himself, as well as offering up festivus gift ideas. Download Postcards from Gravelly Beach #20 (.mp3) Subscribe to Feed Subscribe in iTunes Consider … Continue reading Short Fiction, Coincidentally about Drinking – Postcard #20 (image)


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Snowy Nightime Porch with Raccoons – Postcard #19

Sun, 04 Dec 2005 16:20:45 +0000

From a snowy porch with raccoons chirping nearby, Dave reads from Richard Brautigan, Phillip Whalen, ee cummings, Walt Whitman plus his original free verse while enjoying Pernod and ginger-ale. Download Postcards from Gravelly Beach #19 (.mp3) Subscribe to Feed Subscribe in iTunes Consider Perusing: Whitman on the Windy Columbia – Postcard #28 Streaming consciousness from … Continue reading Snowy Nightime Porch with Raccoons – Postcard #19 (image)


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A Wabi-Sabi, Foggy Morning – Postcard #18

Tue, 22 Nov 2005 16:20:56 +0000

On a foggy morning with Osmanthus tea, Dave reads tales by professor Larry Harper – “The Man Who Loved Provo,” and his own “Right (as in Correctly)” plus a snippet from Natsume Soseki’s very wabi-sabi classic “Kokoro.” Download Postcards from Gravelly Beach #18 (18:22, .mp3) Subscribe to Feed Subscribe in iTunes Consider Perusing: Vanquishing Grecian … Continue reading A Wabi-Sabi, Foggy Morning – Postcard #18 (image)


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Robert Burns on Remembrance Day – Postcard #17

Sun, 13 Nov 2005 00:20:18 +0000

With a head full of cold medicine, Dave reads a haibun poem for Remembrance day and then enjoys John Cairney reading from Robert Burns’ exploits and indiscretions in Edinburgh in a mighty brougue. Listen to Postcards from Gravelly Beach #31 (17:04, .mp3) Subscribe to Feed Subscribe in iTunes Consider Perusing: Robbie Burns Dinner in Vancouver … Continue reading Robert Burns on Remembrance Day – Postcard #17 (image)


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Rainy Day with Letters and Tolling Bells – Postcard #16

Thu, 03 Nov 2005 00:20:43 +0000

On a rainy day in North Van, Dave – with strong coffee – reads two more “Letters from Russia” plus a breathy bit of Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” Listen to Postcards from Gravelly Beach #16 (.mp3) Subscribe to Feed Subscribe in iTunes Consider Perusing: Russian epics, French poems and Irish beer – Postcard … Continue reading Rainy Day with Letters and Tolling Bells – Postcard #16 (image)


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Ice Skates and Vancouver Writers – Postcard #15

Sat, 15 Oct 2005 16:20:01 +0000

Dave – on a couch with red wine – reads short story snippets by Gordon Cavenaile and himself, plus a poem by John Barta and part of Hans Brinker to celebrate his new hockey skates. Listen to Postcards from Gravelly Beach #15 (.mp3, 16:46) Subscribe to Feed Subscribe in iTunes Consider Perusing: Robert Burns on … Continue reading Ice Skates and Vancouver Writers – Postcard #15 (image)


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Streaming consciousness from a North Shore porch – Postcard #14

Sun, 09 Oct 2005 16:20:37 +0000

Dave – from a porch in Vancouver’s North Shore – dedicates his favorite part of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” to a friend, plus reads some of his own short story called “About Being Stabbed in the Forehead.” Listen to Postcards from Gravelly Beach #14 (.mp3, 9:32) Subscribe to Feed Subscribe in iTunes Consider Perusing: Kerouac’s San … Continue reading Streaming consciousness from a North Shore porch – Postcard #14 (image)


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German Countryside Verse and Rimbaud in Bill’s Steamboat Woodshed – Postcard #13

Tue, 27 Sep 2005 16:20:57 +0000

Dave starts the reading on a pier at Capitol lake and continues days later at Bill’s woodshed on Steamboat Island where he reads original free verse written in German countryside as well as works by French poet, Arthur Rimbaud. Listen to Postcards from Gravelly Beach #31 (11:48, .mp3) Subscribe to Feed Subscribe in iTunes Consider … Continue reading German Countryside Verse and Rimbaud in Bill’s Steamboat Woodshed – Postcard #13 (image)


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Barflys in the backyard reading Bukowski and Kerouac – Postcard #12

Sat, 17 Sep 2005 16:20:31 +0000

DaveO – feeling chillaxed – reads from Kerouac’s Some of the Dharma, Bukowski’s Barfly and some of his own love junk while Christopher provides guitar and vocal stylings from the backyard at the Puget house. Listen to Postcards from Gravelly Beach #12 (12:09, .mp3) Subscribe to Feed Subscribe in iTunes Consider Perusing: Kerouac rides west … Continue reading Barflys in the backyard reading Bukowski and Kerouac – Postcard #12 (image)


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In Vancouver with Salinger and disc golf hi-jinx – Postcard #11

Tue, 13 Sep 2005 00:20:10 +0000

From Quenn Elizabeth Park in beloved Vancouver, DaveO reads from J.D. Salinger’s “For Esme with Love and Squalor” and part of a “Letter from Russia” until disc golf hi-jinx ensue! Download Postcards from Gravelly Beach #11 (10:27, .mp3) Subscribe to Feed Subscribe in iTunes Consider Perusing: Rainy Day with Letters and Tolling Bells – Postcard … Continue reading In Vancouver with Salinger and disc golf hi-jinx – Postcard #11 (image)


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Kerouac rides west and Dave hitches north – Postcard #10

Thu, 08 Sep 2005 16:20:49 +0000

From a backyard in OlyWa, Dave reads from Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” and a bit of hitch-hike narrative of his own recounting a trip up from North Carolina to Rhode Island during a cold November – backed with more smoking jazz tracks by Joe Williamson and colleagues in Banff circa 1990. Download Postcards from … Continue reading Kerouac rides west and Dave hitches north – Postcard #10 (image)


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Bonus Reading from Postcard #8

Sun, 04 Sep 2005 16:20:50 +0000

Dave Olson’s original essay about Glen Canyon Dam “Dam the Damn” (.pdf) Consider Perusing: Bonus Reading from Postcard #2 Bonus Reading from Postcard #6 Bonus Reading from Postcard #7 part 2 ‘DamNation’: “Desert Goddess” Remembers Arizona’s Glen Canyon Bonus Reading from Postcard #1 Bonus Reading from Postcard #7 Aerogrammes to Utah, St. Louis and the … Continue reading Bonus Reading from Postcard #8 (image)



Aerogrammes to Utah, St. Louis and the Gulf Coast – Postcard #9

Sun, 04 Sep 2005 16:20:00 +0000

Dave O reads a Utah writer variety pack from Pe Ell, Washington featuring Françios Camoin, Levi Peterson (Alibris), and Ed Abbey (more Ed – interview and article in Canyon Country Zephyr) plus an original essay about Glen Canyon Dam. Then, Lewis and Clark check in from their homestretch after scoring some whiskey, and Dave enlists … Continue reading Aerogrammes to Utah, St. Louis and the Gulf Coast – Postcard #9 (image)


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Lewis and Clark move west, Ed Abbey’s wisdom and Uncle Weed’s story – Postcard #8

Sat, 03 Sep 2005 00:20:00 +0000

In Volume 8, DaveO read from Lewis and Clark’s journals as they lose horses on Sept 3rd, and Ed Abbey foretells the future in his modern classic, Desert Solitaire while and Uncle Weed continues telling a story about responsible eco-tage and desert enjoyment to the kids. Download Postcards from Gravelly Beach #8 (14:57, .mp3) Subscribe … Continue reading Lewis and Clark move west, Ed Abbey’s wisdom and Uncle Weed’s story – Postcard #8 (image)


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Bonus Reading from Postcard #7 part 2

Thu, 01 Sep 2005 00:22:53 +0000

Dave Olson’s original (free-ed) haiku collection Hotsprings and Stubbed Toe –  Occasional haiku -1992 – 2004 (.pdf) Consider Perusing: Hot Springs and Stubbed Toe – Postcard # 0 Haiku of Kobayashi Issa Kerouac in Mexico, Snyder in Japan and jazz from Banff – Postcard #7 Bonus Reading from Postcard #7 Bonus Reading from Postcard #2 … Continue reading Bonus Reading from Postcard #7 part 2 (image)



Bonus Reading from Postcard #7

Thu, 01 Sep 2005 00:21:45 +0000

Dave Olson’s original haibun collection Four Haibun For You (.pdf). Consider Perusing: Bonus Reading from Postcard #7 part 2 Bonus Reading from Postcard #2 Bonus Reading from Postcard #8 Bonus Reading from Postcard #6 Robert Burns on Remembrance Day – Postcard #17 Chronicling Interesting Boulders – Postcard #55 Bonus Reading from Postcard #1 Robbie Burns … Continue reading Bonus Reading from Postcard #7 (image)



Kerouac in Mexico, Snyder in Japan and jazz from Banff – Postcard #7

Thu, 01 Sep 2005 00:20:00 +0000

In Volume 7, Dave, chillaxing with sake some smoking jazz tracks, reads from Kerouac‘s “Lonesome Traveller,” “Mexico City Blues” and “American Haiku” plus Gary Snyder from “The Backcountry” and haiku from masters Issa Kobayashi and Basho and his own original haiku (.pdf) and haibun. Postcards from Gravelly Beach#7 (14:22, .mp3) Subscribe to Feed Subscribe in … Continue reading Kerouac in Mexico, Snyder in Japan and jazz from Banff – Postcard #7 (image)


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Bonus Reading from Postcard #6

Wed, 31 Aug 2005 00:21:45 +0000

Dave O’s original “Letters from Russia” (.pdf). Consider Perusing: Bonus Reading from Postcard #2 25 Hour Day: Letters from Russia Northern Voice 2009, Miss 604 talks about Dave Olson’s Letters from Russia Bonus Reading from Postcard #8 Bonus Reading from Postcard #1 Bonus Reading from Postcard #7 part 2 Rainy Day with Letters and Tolling … Continue reading Bonus Reading from Postcard #6 (image)



Rousseau Confesses and more Letters from Russia – Postcard #6

Wed, 31 Aug 2005 00:20:00 +0000

In Volume six, DaveO sits with ducks at Olympia’s Capitol Lake on a windy day and reads from Jean Jacques Rousseau’s “Confessions” and offers a bit of discourse on transparency, plus reads two more original “Letters from Russia” (.pdf). Listen to Postcards from Gravelly Beach #6 (10:00, .mp3) Subscribe to Feed Subscribe in iTunes “lucid … Continue reading Rousseau Confesses and more Letters from Russia – Postcard #6 (image)


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Uncle Weed and Ed Abbey head to Canyonlands – Postcard #5

Fri, 26 Aug 2005 00:20:00 +0000

In Volume five, DaveO hangs out in the dark at Olympia’s Seven Oars park and reads Part 2 of Uncle Weed’s Red Rock Adventure, chats about Edward Abbey, and reads from Ed’s “Desert Solitaire” (scored fresh from Olympia’s Last Word Books). Listen to Postcards from Gravelly Beach #5 (11:44, .mp3) Subscribe to Feed Subscribe in … Continue reading Uncle Weed and Ed Abbey head to Canyonlands – Postcard #5 (image)


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Russian epics, French poems and Irish beer – Postcard #4

Thu, 25 Aug 2005 00:20:00 +0000

In Volume 4, DaveO reads from his own “Letters from Russia,” Leo Tolstoy’s epic “War and Peace” and a bit of French poetry while fumbling with pronunciation and enjoying a Guinness in the nighttime garden. Listen to Postcards from Gravelly Beach #4 Subscribe to Feed Subscribe in iTunes Countryside, watercolour pencil by Dave Olson from … Continue reading Russian epics, French poems and Irish beer – Postcard #4 (image)


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HD Thoreau and GG Marquez Along for the Ride – Postcard #3

Tue, 23 Aug 2005 16:20:00 +0000

In Volume 3, DaveO reads from Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” and “Civil Disobedience” plus Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “100 Years of Solitude” and his own Portuguese Snapshots. Listen to Postcards from Gravelly Beach #3 (13:20, .mp3) Subscribe to Feed Subscribe in iTunes Snapshot: fishing boats at rest in Salema, Algarve, Portugal Consider Perusing: Heading Out with … Continue reading HD Thoreau and GG Marquez Along for the Ride – Postcard #3 (image)


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Bonus Reading from Postcard #2

Mon, 22 Aug 2005 16:21:43 +0000

Dave Olson’s original short story, “I Remember Florida” (.pdf) Consider Perusing: Bonus Reading from Postcard #8 Bonus Reading from Postcard #7 part 2 Bonus Reading from Postcard #6 Bonus Reading from Postcard #7 Bonus Reading from Postcard #1 Remembering Florida, Heading to Japan, Wandering with Walt – Postcard #2 German Countryside Verse and Rimbaud in … Continue reading Bonus Reading from Postcard #2 (image)



Remembering Florida, Heading to Japan, Wandering with Walt – Postcard #2

Tue, 23 Aug 2005 00:20:00 +0000

Volume 2 in which DaveO reads from Gary Snyder’s “Left out in the Rain,” Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” and from original short story, “I Remember Florida.” Listen to Postcards from Gravelly Beach #2 Subscribe to Feed Subscribe in iTunes (this curious image was scavenged from the interweb, if someone takes credit, please let me … Continue reading Remembering Florida, Heading to Japan, Wandering with Walt – Postcard #2 (image)


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Bonus Reading from Postcard #1

Sun, 21 Aug 2005 00:20:05 +0000

DaveO’s original work “Uncle Weed’s Red Rock Adventure” (.pdf) Consider Perusing: Bonus Reading from Postcard #6 Bonus Reading from Postcard #2 Heading Out with Weed and Trout – Postcard #1 Uncle Weed and Ed Abbey head to Canyonlands – Postcard #5 Bonus Reading from Postcard #8 Bonus Reading from Postcard #7 part 2 Meet the … Continue reading Bonus Reading from Postcard #1 (image)



Heading Out with Weed and Trout – Postcard #1

Sat, 20 Aug 2005 00:01:00 +0000

In podcast Volume 1, DaveO reads from his original “Uncle Weed’s Red Rock Adventure” plus a snippet from Richard Brautigan’s “Trout Fishing in America” and introduces the spoken word literature show thusly: “Postcards from Gravelly Beach” is an occasionally-brewed podshow featuring spoken word with bits of literary discourse and maybe some tunes from time to … Continue reading Heading Out with Weed and Trout – Postcard #1 (image)


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Hot Springs and Stubbed Toe – Postcard # 0

Sat, 14 May 2005 07:41:00 +0000

A collection of short, haiku-type poems written by DaveO between Tottori, Japan and Olympia, Washington between 1992-2004, called “Hot Springs and Stubbed Toe.” Download Hot Springs and Stubbed Toe (.pdf) a Japanese Obaasan (Grandma) in the hills near Saji-san, Tottori-ken, Japan Consider Perusing: Bonus Reading from Postcard #7 part 2 January in the Hot Springs … Continue reading Hot Springs and Stubbed Toe – Postcard # 0 (image)